T4G Article 4 – Lloyd-Jones on Applying Biblical Truth

I have been addressing the subject of expositional preaching for some time now. I shared a quote from Rick Warren about the vital need for us to learn to apply Scripture. It seems Martyn Lloyd-Jones agrees. This quote is taken once again from the excellent Logos ML-J library. “It is one thing to believe the truth, it is a very different thing to apply it. We did listen, and apply the truth, initially, otherwise we would not be Christians at all. But it is possible for us … to go on, content with … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Rick Warren on the Point of Preaching

This continues our series on preaching, which is based on the fourth article of the Together for the Gospel Statement. The previous post in this series described some of the stereotyped differences in preaching between black and white preachers and what each can learn from the other. In the article I wrote for SermonCentral on technology and preaching, I ended by making the point that we must be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking the preacher’s task is over when we have unpacked a B … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Multicolored Preaching

This continues our series on preaching, which is based on the fourth article of the Together for the Gospel Statement. The previous post in this series warned of some of the dangers of expository preaching.I found this fantastic quote from the pen of Thabiti Anyabwile over at Pure Church describing what preachers who are stereotypically black and those who are stereotypically white MUST learn from each other: “Black preaching” is stereotypically thought to be emotional, even cathartic, rhythmic, … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – The Dangers of Expository Preaching

This continues our series on preaching, which is based on the fourth article of the Together for the Gospel Statement. The previous two posts in this series provided outlines for good sermon preparation from John Stott and Alistair Begg. While Expository Thoughts is certainly committed to preaching that is well prepared, they have a great post which points out a trap we can all too easily fall into — even those of us who haven't been to seminary!“. . . It is easy for us as preachers to slip into … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Sermon Preparation by John Stott

I cannot independently confirm the source of this, but I found the following over at Unashamed Workman, described as John Stott’s advice on sermon preparation. If anyone can verify the source I will, of course, acknowledge it. Alistair Begg provides additional thoughts on this subject in my previous post, which can be found here. I. Choose Your Text A. It is best to rely on expository book studies for the steady diet of your people, because this ensures they will get “the whole counsel of God.” B … [Read more...]

A Prayer for an Exhausted Mark Driscoll

Over the weekend Mark Driscoll has posted about feeling exhausted and struggling with poor sleep. He is typically honest and open. More honest and open than many religious Christians would like him to be. I am a little concerned with my psychiatric hat on that such symptoms, if ignored, could be the prelude to something more serious. It maddens me that some bloggers have taken this openness as an opportunity to hit him whilst he is down. Don't they realize how much the church needs men like … [Read more...]

Spurgeon's Challenge to Preachers

This week’s dose of Spurgeon at Pyromaniacs is well worth reading in its entirety. It fits in nicely with my current series on preaching, and in many ways parallels what the Doctor's quote says about “dead orthodoxy” on my blog this morning. Spurgeon believed in Spirit and Word. What a tragedy that many of today's cessationists would feel uncomfortable about this language concerning the Spirit, and that the average charismatic doesn't value the Word of God sufficiently. The urgent need of the hou … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones Monday – Dead Orthodoxy or an Encounter With God?

Most Mondays I take the time to raid my electronic version of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' materials, which is produced by Logos Bible Software. Today's quote brings together two of my key topics of the year so far — revival and preaching. I have already expressed several times my concern that our preaching should not merely be dry and factual. Here the Doctor explains how dead orthodoxy is one of the most critical hindrances to revival. “We come now to another step in this matter of hindrances to rev … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Alistair Begg on Sermon Preparation

Note: Please keep Pastor Begg in your prayers as he has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is scheduled for surgery on April 23rd.In a booklet entitled, "Preaching for God’s Glory," written for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Alistair Begg shares some practical points about his own method of sermon preparation, which he learned from an older minister while he was still a theological student:THINK YOURSELF EMPTYIt is all right and often beneficial to avoid the proud a … [Read more...]

SERMON – The Reviving Power of God's Word

The following is a full set of notes, including background information and quotes I used whilst preparing my sermon entitled, "The Reviving Power of God's Word," which was preached at Jubilee Church on the 11th of March 2006. This sermon was the third part of a series on Revival. The earlier messages, "Revival" and "Reviving Prayer" are also available.Much of this material was never designed to form part of the sermon — instead it is, if you like, part of the "iceberg" that lies beneath the s … [Read more...]